Cape Plastic Bottle Ban


Our Goal

The Cape Plastic Bottle Ban is an educational and citizen advocacy initiative focused on raising awareness of the environmental and human impact of plastic bottle consumption. We are currently focused on eliminating non-emergency plastic bottle purchase, sale, and distribution by town governments and on town property across all towns in Barnstable County, Cape Cod.

The rationale for our municipal ban rests on the assumption that government is established to protect the welfare of the people it governs. Plastic bottles are made from non-renewable fuels, leach chemicals into consumables, and never biodegrade. Plastic bottles impact environmental health and the health and longevity of other species, who may ingest plastic as food. Ultimately, plastic re-enters the human food chain where the adverse consequences are both known and emerging.

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Building up to the Ban: All-Cape Beach Clean-up

Additional Information

On Sunday, September 23 from 9:00 to 11:00, Sustainable Practices along with our sponsor By-the-Bay Designs coordinated a 15-town beach clean-up with 4Ocean. The activity was a success! We had over 250 participants across 12 towns and multiple Cape beaches. The event increased our awareness of the pollution problem, especially the significance of cigarette butts and nip bottles, awareness of pollution is the first step toward establishing civic engagement in protecting our environment. 

At Sustainable Practices, the All-Cape Beach Cleanup provided a foundation for our present effort: the Cape Plastic Bottle Ban! Working with pro bono legal counsel, Sustainable Practices is drafting a citizen's petition for each town on the Cape for their respective spring 2019 town meeting warrants. The goal of the proposed regulation is to eliminate procurement and distribution of plastic bottled beverages by town governments. The government is an organization established by the people to protect the welfare of the people and plastic is a known environmental and human health hazard.

Our spring 2019 initiative is part of a larger educational effort to promote conscious consumption and raise awareness of the relationship between responsible consumption choices and environmental protection. 

Human convenience is an expense that the environment cannot afford.


Our perspective

We receive questions related to the bottle ban and in this section we provide our perspective on issues and topics of interest